Washington: Also a delegation of Congressional staffers who are critical in preparing the background information about India for their Congressmen are visiting India during the same time.
Republican members to the Aspen delegation include Charlie Dent, Jeff Fortenberry, Andy Harris, Dave McKinley, and David Valadao.
The Democratic party lawmakers travelling to India as part of the Aspen Institute delegation are Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Jim Cooper, Suzan DelBene, Anna Eshoo, Elizabeth Esty, John Garamendi, Dan Kildee, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Stephen Lynch, Kathleen Rice, Jan Schakowsky, Peter Welch.
As per LegiStorm – an unofficial site, which keeps track of foreign travel by lawmakers – India currently is not the popular destination for US lawmakers.
Israel is their top destination. As per Legistorm compilation, Israel appears to be the favorite destination for US lawmakers.
India has never figured in its list of top 10 countries frequently visited by US lawmakers.
As per an unofficial compilation, since 2000, US lawmakers have made 42 trips to India, which includes 22 by the Republican Party and 19 by those from the Democratic part.
US India Business Council (USIBC) is also planning to take about 100 lawmakers to India in the next two years.
“It is important that we convey a right story about India to the both to the House and the Senate. And the best way to convey that is for them to feel firsthand what is India all about – its culture, its politics, its food. And I think, when they come back convinced that India is an important ally, its value systems are the same, the democracy, it has a press, which is as vibrant in bit countries,” Mukesh Aghi, USIBC president had said last year. PTI
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